You know how it goes—you either die the victim of a cosmic reduction, or live long enough to be sad that half of all life died as part of the cosmic reduction. But not for long!
At the end of “Avengers: Infinity War,” when villain Thanos snapped his fingers while wearing the gauntlet, many of our favourite Marvel Cinematic Universe superheroes were turned to dust. The grave course of events that wiped out half the universe requires the remaining Avengers to take one final stand in Marvel Studios’ grand conclusion, “Avengers: Endgame.”
But not every death was documented in the movie. So who’s really left?
We’re 1 month out from “Avengers: Endgame” hitting theatres, and Marvel Studios released a new crop of character posters to mark the day. The character posters are very similar: a close-up portrait of the character looking intensely into the distance, with “Avenge The Fallen” written across their forehead.
But there are some differences between the posters. Those characters who survived Thanos’ infamous snap are in a coloured posters. This includes obvious ones that we knew like Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow, Thor, Hawkeye, and the Hulk, as well as Ant-Man, Captain Marvel, Okoye, Nebula, Rocket, and Rhodey.
Also included are characters that we weren’t sure of their fate such as Valkyrie, who many presumed to have died in the beginning with the rest of the Asgardian refuges, as well as Wong, who had been left to guard the Sanctum. Pepper Potts and Happy Hogan are here too.
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Meanwhile, the opposite of coloured posters are black and white, which represents those who didn’t make it to the end of Infinity War. T’Challa, Star Lord, Dr. Strange, Peter Parker, Scarlet Witch, Nick Fury, Groot, the Wasp, Sam Wilson, Bucky Barnes, Mantis, Drax, and Groot are on the list.
Even characters who got killed off instead of snapped are featured in black and white too: Loki, whom Thanos stabbed in the very beginning; Gamora, whom Thanos tossed off a cliff for the Soul Stone; and Vision, who died when Thanos removed the Mind Stone from his forehead. (The pain is still real!!!)
Unfortunately and most notably, Black Panther character Shuri – the beloved teen genius and technological architect of Wakanda – has a black and white poster. Despite Angela Bassett claiming that Shuri survived, it looks like she died. This too kills the fan theory that Black Panther’s sister would replace him, since he died in the Snap as well.
Fans (including me!) are already speculating over this reveal. Could this posters show characters we’ll see return during “Avengers: Endgame”? Or are they just there to cover the reality of characters who aren’t actually making it back from being dusted?
All of these and more questions will be answered when the remainder of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes have to find a way to bring their friends, and half of the universe’s life, back from the dead.
“Avengers: Endgame” comes out on April 24 in Malaysia. Till then, let these posters fuel more fan speculation.